Abeka is a Good Curriculum

by Marjorie
(Indianapolis, IN)

Academic ABeka Homeschooling

Academic ABeka Homeschooling

Academic curriculum, traditional teaching approach, flexible options; ABeka provides plenty of additional practice to reinforce educational concepts for homeschooling families.


We have used Abeka for K5-7th grade and we have been pleased with it, however...

It is an academic curriculum that I feel is best for the classroom environment. There is a lot of "busy" work, which provides plenty of practice. It is a little costly, so I would recommend buying used if possible or sharing with another family.

It takes my older kids 4-5 hours just to complete the basics. It seems to be a bit like "doing school at home" as opposed to "homeschooling".

The phonics curriculum is awesome. I would rather use something a little less time consuming for the older kids, so they have time for more independent study.

The textbook curriculum does require a lot from the teacher.

The DVD curriculum (we only used that for one year) takes a full day. It is like sitting in a class room for the whole day. The kids also felt silly talking to the TV with the other students on the DVD.

Thanks for your insight, Marjorie. It's funny to picture your kids talking to the TV! :)

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Abeka Homeschool Curriculum Woes

by Mindy
(Keller, Tx)

ABeka Homeschool Curriculum

ABeka Homeschool Curriculum

Although many parents love ABeka homeschool curriculum, it may not be the perfect choice for everyone - especially kinesthetic learners.

My son is now ten years old and I taught him with Abeka homeschool curriculum for three years. I still have not recovered his joy of learning after that experience six years ago. There is way too much paper work and not enough play-learning for young boys!

Thanks for sharing why you didn't like ABeka homeschool curriculum, Mindy; I appreciate your thoughts. Blessings, Heather

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ABeka Homeschool Curriculum Pros and Cons

by Leanne
(Bainbridge Island, WA)

ABeka Homeschool Curriculum: Visual and Challenging

ABeka Homeschool Curriculum: Visual and Challenging

Colorful, challenging, and detailed; ABeka homeschool curriculum provides children of all ages a solid home education. But this mom warns: cutting-edge curriculum comes with a price tag.

I have used some Abeka curriculum for many years. I have 4 children which span 9 school years and within that time period ABeka will revise their textbooks; meaning if I bought a book for my oldest child, by the time my youngest got to that grade, I would have to buy new textbooks because ABeka would have revised them.

This gets to be costly if your children span several grade years. This goes for math as well as history (which you might want to have updated from time to time). So beware when buying used ABeka books... they may be an older edition and ABeka probably wouldn't carry the tests for the older curriculum.

ABeka's books are usually colorful with pictures which make it overall pleasing to look at.

They cover a broad spectrum within a subject although their tests/daily questions can be a bit nit picky. I would much rather have good solid overviews of a subject than be so detailed that the student tends to memorize the details for the test, but then forgets it. This of course is a generalization.... with subjects such as math, one needs to be more detailed.

I have never used all ABeka curriculum for a grade... I usually use it for 2-3 subjects in a given school year; usually math, grammar (because they build on each other) and then either literature or history, but with these subjects, I like to provide variety.

I have never used the DVD program.... I found it to be pricey, although it may come in handy as your students get into high school. With my husband teaching our children math and science, I haven't found the need for this.

Thanks Leanne, for offering some great insight into ABeka curriculum, your used curriculum warning and your helpful tips on how you incorporate it into your homeschool, to make it work for you.

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ABeka Homeschool Curriculum Advice

by Angela Goodson
(Lincolnton, NC)

ABeka Homeschool Curriculum

ABeka Homeschool Curriculum

Do you love ABeka homeschool curriculum but feel overwhelmed with getting everything done? Here is some helpful advice...

I do love the Abeka homeschool curriculum. However, it can feel overwhelming to the children. I learned the hard way that we do not need to do everything in the books. We may only cover half of the material that I bought in a particular year. What we do get, though, seems to stick with us much longer.

My advice is to take the stress off yourself and your students. Go at a decent pace, cover what you realistically can, and wait until next year to do more. I have found that the ABeka curriculum reviews the previous grade thoroughly at the beginning of each year. This helps tremendously. So, we all need to do is just relax and have fun schooling. It will be over sooner than we realize.

Excellent advice, Angela! Blessings, Heather :)

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